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Dean, Professor Establish Scholarship for Marketing Students

The first recipient of Penn College’s Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship, Gwendolyn A. Lavelle (center), of Pocono Summit, meets with the scholarship’s founders, Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing, and Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality. Lavelle is sophomore in business administration: marketing concentration.

Two marketing professionals and longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members have established a scholarship to benefit students majoring or minoring in marketing at the college.

The Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship was initiated by Gerri F. Luke, dean of the School of Business & Hospitality at Penn College, and Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing. Primary preference for the scholarship is given to full-time students who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and are pursuing a major in business administration: marketing concentration or a minor in marketing.

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Last updated February 4, 2016 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | 2 Comments

Record-Setting Participation Marks ‘Help Wanted’ Event

A Weis Markets human resources supervisor talks with Stephen K. Lauman, an applied management major from Gilbertsville.

Students shop for internships and other opportunities with more than 90 employers.

The Cru crew hands out cotton candy to fairgoers.

Representatives of student organizations field questions from potential members.

Jane C. Mertes, of Williamsport, majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, visits the United Campus Ministry table.

A record-breaking 64 employers offering 400-plus job and internship opportunities recruited students from all six of Penn College’s academic schools during the Help Wanted Job Fair this past week. “It was one of our best-attended, both in terms of employers and students,” said Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming. “The focus of this event, compared to the Part-Time Job Fair held in September, is to assist students in securing their summer internships or to find a full-time seasonal job in their major. By attending, this allows employers to get in front of our students looking for such opportunities before the March 15 Career Fair. This Job Fair, although only 4 years young, continues to grow and speaks volumes to how in demand our students are.” Employers were based in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center while, on the ground floor, more than 25 student organizations – the highest attendance ever for the spring event, according to Student Activities’ Anthony J. Pace – welcomed those interested in learning more about the groups’ goals.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

‘Valentine’s Day’ Patisserie Sale Scheduled for Wednesday

The Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “Happy St. Valentine’s Day” sale – the first of the spring semester’s eight sales – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and senior baking students for artisan breads, fine pastries, cakes and candies. A product list follows: Valentine’s Day

Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to visit

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions next week on main campus. Representatives of Ebro North America will be in Room 154 of College Avenue Labs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Susquehanna Health recruiters will be in Room W208 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center at 3 p.m. Thursday. (Ebro will conduct follow-up interviews Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: On-Campus Recruiting

Resident Students Get Help Considering New ‘Lease’ on Life

Josiah D. Stoltzfus and Kayla M. Peters satisfy the curiosity of potential off-campus tenants.

Students interested in moving off-campus attend a Jan. 27 session in the SASC.

Informative booklet offers practical pointers

A Jan. 20 Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Keystone Dining Room ...

... put students in touch with college-approved local landlords.

The Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services Office, along with the community assistants and Off-Campus Housing Organization, are hosting several events for Penn College students looking to move off-campus next year.  The first Off-Campus Housing Expo was held Jan. 20 in the Keystone Dining Room, where students met with property owners from Penn College’s approved list.  A second expo was held Wednesday night in the Bush Campus Center, and another on main campus will be from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 1 in the KDR.  Two more expos are scheduled at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s Nature’s Cove: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15-16. The CAs and OCHO have also teamed up to offer several educational sessions with topics related to off-campus living.  Kayla M. Peters, vice president of OCHO, and Community Assistant Josiah D. Stoltzfus presented the first of three sessions on Jan. 27.  The series continues on Monday, Feb. 8, with “Understanding Your Off-Campus Lease” and Tuesday, March 22 with “Get Your Security Deposit Back,”  both at 7:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Registrar Appointed at Penn College

Heather A. Swimley

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Heather A. Swimley as registrar.

Swimley, who began her duties in January, had served as assistant registrar at the college since July 2014.

She succeeds longtime registrar Denny L. Dunkleberger, who will retire in March. Dunkleberger will serve as acting director of admissions until his retirement takes effect March 30.

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Penn College Appoints Director of Physician Assistant Program

Lynn Eckrote

Lynn Eckrote has been named director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eckrote, who had served as a clinical director before being named interim director of the program, began her employment at Penn College in 2014.

“The same high level of enthusiasm, collaboration, dedication and professionalism Lynn brought to our clinical directorship will translate well in her new role as program director,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences. “We fully expect that Lynn will make a positive and lasting impact on the program’s mission of producing high-quality health professionals who contribute effective, evidence-based and compassionate care.”

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Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.

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College Hosts Increasingly Popular SkillsUSA Competition

The various categories in Friday's competition among high school students reflected the skills imparted every day on Penn College's campuses, from collision repair ...

... to heating, ventilation and air conditioning ...

... to hospitality ...

... to manufacturing ...

... and, in this team contest, construction carpentry.

Nearly 300 regional high school students competed in 35 skill and 18 leadership contests as Penn College hosted the SkillsUSA District 6 competition Friday. First-place winners in those events, held in a variety of campus labs and other locations,  will advance to the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 13-15) at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The event has grown from 68 students in 2013 to this year’s total of 281 students and 35 high school advisers.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer

ROTC Cadets Tour Lycoming Engines Manufacturing Facility

From left are Capt. Garrett Ruud, assistant professor of military science at Penn College and ROTC operations officer; Carolyn R. Strickland, the college's vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Cadets Hayley Sparks, Daniel J. Pulinski, Craig W. Robbins and Daniel G. Curtin; Lt. Col. Michael S. Kavadias, director of military science at Bucknell University; and Master Sgt. Sean McGlensey, Bucknell's senior military instructor.

The group is led on a factory tour by Michael Kraft (left), Lycoming Engines' senior vice president and general manager.

Three ROTC students from Penn College were among four Bison Battalion cadets who recently toured Lycoming Engines, where they attended a Veterans Day flag-folding ceremony in November. Cadet Craig W. Robbins, an aviation maintenance technology major, wanted to share with the rest of his battalion the importance of Lycoming Engines – a community fixture since 1929 and one of the college’s longest-running industrial partners. He was joined by Penn College Cadets Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology student, and Daniel H. Pulinski, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; as well as Cadet Hayley Sparks, of Bloomsburg University.
Photos provided by Lycoming Engines

College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Open to Students, Public

The dental hygiene clinic, a learning laboratory for students enrolled in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors, is open to students and the general public. Services include cleanings, examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. Examination results and X-rays can be sent to the patient’s regular dentist. The dental hygiene clinic is in Room W222 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.  Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4500.

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer free sessions in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Both sessions will be in Room 1049 on the first floor of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

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Steer Sets Scoring Record in Otherwise Cheerless Week

For the week completed on Saturday, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams went winless, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference games, while the college’s wrestling team was idle.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Local Auto Dealership Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, with Bill Brown and Brian Peace, scholarship benefactors from the Murray Motor Group.

A scholarship fund has been established for automotive students at Pennsylvania College of Technology by the Murray Motor Group.

The idea for the scholarship fund was initiated by Brian Peace, managing partner of the Murray Motor Group and a 1984 graduate of Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

The fund will provide annual merit-based awards to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Lycoming and Snyder counties who are enrolled in automotive technology management, automotive service sales and marketing, automotive technology, automotive technology: Ford ASSET, and collision repair technology.

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